Fatigue and MS

I’m tired, this is nothing new, some days it is manageable and mostly easy to ignore, others I just want to crawl into a hole and close my eyes for days – that is today.

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms people with MS experience, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it occurs in about 80% of us. Research is still not clear on what causes it.

Fatigue for those with MS can be either primary, related directly to the damage to the central nervous system, or secondary; due to other reasons, such as side effects from medications, poor diet, inactivity, or other lifestyle reasons.

Fatigue is never the same from day to day for me and it affects all of us differently. So what do you do when you are dealing with this extreme fatigue?

While physical activity is important – and I did get up and go to the gym this morning, I have come to realize that my body is sending me a signal. I need to fit in some down time and relax. Tonight I will go easy on myself, something quick for dinner  and then I’ll retire to the couch with a book or maybe some mindless television watching.

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